Play is universally appealing, but did you know that it has positive benefits too? Language development, problem-solving skills and creative expression are some of the oft-cited perks of video gaming, but most importantly, it presents a great opportunity for families to bond.
In the spirit of Children’s Day this 1st October 2019, Sony has hand-picked four PlayStation 4 titles that would make excellent additions to any living room. Whether it’s power drifting around swamps or frantically chopping onions and carrots in shifting kitchens, we hope these games can be the start of a cherished family tradition.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Recommended Ages: 6 and above
Jumping from 1999 to 2019, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is set to bring loads of go-karting laughter and excitement. Let the kids play on Nitro-Fueled mode to adjust the difficulty, swap out characters and customize cars in between races, or race together in split-screen multiplayer for a round of family fun.
Pros: Easy controls with 4-player split-screen
Cons: On-track hazards and complex paths may frustrate younger players
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Recommended Ages: 6 and above
Let the creativity flow in Dragon Quest Builders 2, a sandbox game where players build their very own worlds. Guide your children along as they gather, craft and explore a vast and colourful world, filled with things to find and villagers to help. The animated cutscenes are sure to delight!
Pros: Relaxed pacing with kid-friendly tones
Cons: There’s no local multiplayer so parents can only mentor
Recommended Ages: 9 and above
No video games console is complete without Overcooked! 2, the quintessential party game for family and friends. The adorable chefs and cute setting will be a hit for young players, but even veterans may find themselves sweating in the later levels. Truly, nothing teaches cooperation like this pressure cooker of a kitchen!
Pros: 4-player co-op lets more in on the fun
Cons: Later levels can get stressful from timing and coordination needed
Recommended Ages: 13 and above
Take the beautiful game home with a FIFA 20 bundle pack (PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro), the perfect console-game pairing to kick off your new family pastime. The iconic football series now sports over 700 clubs, 90 fully licensed stadiums and a new street football mode to keep the young ones (and you!) coming back for more.
Pros: Supports 2 players and has extremely long replay value
Cons: Complex controls, microtransactions in Ultimate Team mode
Try Before You Buy at the Family Lounge
Families unsure about video games should visit Changi Airport’s Terminal 3, where they can experience the first-ever Family Lounge presented by PlayStation. Open daily from now to 13th September 2019, visitors can have a go at all the games presented here and more. There are exciting prizes to be won on weekends, as well as a pop-up store with attractive offers for those ready to make the jump.